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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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Sunday12:005:00
Monday9:009:00
Tuesday9:009:00
Wednesday9:009:00
Thursday9:009:00
Friday9:006:00
Saturday9:006:00

601 N.W. Wall Street
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • Jan 18 2020

    1:00 PM - Saturday - Brooks Room

    Consider the characteristics and cultural significance of art deco and design.

    Modern architecture in the early 20th century was characterized by social engineering and the relentless pursuit of innovation. Modern designers, that is, aimed not only to respond to the urban, industrial world around them, but to better the lives of its people through ever-new, improved forms and systems. Against this, the Art Deco of the 1920s and ‘30s, and the related Art Moderne of the ‘30s and ‘40s, were often cast as conservative or superficial—modernistic, but not fully modern. There was good reason for this, yet these styles were also very much parts of the modern era. Looking at several examples of Art Deco and Moderne architecture and design, mostly from the U.S., this presentation will consider their formal characteristics, cultural significance, and their place in the history of modernism.

    Keith Eggener is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon. Previously, he taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Carleton College. He has published books and essays on art, architecture, landscape, urban design, cinema, photography, and material culture, primarily of 20th century Mexico and the United States. He is a columnist for "Places" and editor of "The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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  • Jan 18 2020

    3:00 PM - Saturday - Crater Lake Spirits Distillery * Registration Required

    Toast the great works of the 1920s. Costumes encouraged. 21+.

    If you were captivated by Woody Allen’s movie, "Midnight in Paris," then you’ll be hotsy-totsy for an afternoon appreciating the “inexhaustible variety of life” that was the 1920s.

    Look back one hundred years to this explosive period of literature, art, and music revival. Delve into the world of Modernism exploring Gertrude Stein’s salon, the Lost Generation of Writers, Surrealism, Jazz, as well as other art forms that signaled a radical departure from the conservative Victorian era and acted as outlets for musicians and artists reacting to the horrors of the First World War.

    Registered participants will receive two drink tickets for mini cocktails provided by Crater Lake Spirits. Drinks also available for purchase.

    Rya Fennewald is a Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.L.I.S from San Jose State University. She is a proud Asian-American, wife, homeowner, plant-lover, bibliophile, technophile, dog-owner, wellness-seeker, and outdoor-recreationist. She delights in any social gathering that involves an opportunity to talk about her love affair with libraries. She has worked in libraries for the past 12 years and started with Deschutes Public Library in 2017.

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  • Jan 20 2020

    10:00 AM - Monday - Second Floor North Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Jan 21 2020

    10:30 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes. 18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Jan 21 2020

    11:30 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long!

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  • Jan 21 2020

    1:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Jan 21 2020

    2:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Use Google Drive to create, save and share files online.

    Just what is the cloud and why would you want to use it? This class will answer those questions and teach you the basics of cloud computing through Google Drive. You will learn how to create and save your files to the cloud and share and collaborate with others.

    Participants must have a google or gmail account prior to class.

    This is a hands-on, interactive class. Participants should be comfortable using a mouse and internet browser. The library has laptops available or you can bring your own. Space is limited and registration is requested.

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  • Jan 21 2020

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.

    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has "been there, done that." SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.

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  • Jan 21 2020

    6:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Celebrate the year of the Rat with game, crafts and more.

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  • Jan 22 2020

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.
    18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Jan 22 2020

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long then stay and play

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  • Jan 22 2020

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Second Floor North Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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  • Jan 22 2020

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Natural Grocers * Registration Required

    Discover how an effective detox works with the mind and body.

    There are a million reasons to detox - and probably a million different ways to go about it. But what's the best way? Join us to discover how an effective detox must not only address our exposure to toxins, but also support our body's daily detoxification functions.

    Nicole completed her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Sport Science from Concordia University in Irvine, California and then went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Nicole has a passion for holistic wellness. She also understands the complexity of achieving healthy living in today's world and strives to empower and hold other's capable of starting on their journey to optimal health. Nicole was inspired by Natural Grocers founding principal of free nutrition education, and is beyond grateful to serve her community in this way. When Nicole is not at Natural Grocers, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, curling up with her pup and some coffee, or exploring the beautiful outdoors of Bend. *asl*

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  • Jan 22 2020

    1:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    drop in for games, DIY projects, writing; something different each week! ages 6-11

    this week Lunar New Year Crafts. plus more

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  • Jan 22 2020

    3:00 PM - Wednesday - Meyer Classroom

    Games, DIY projects, writing; something different each week! Open to all middle and high school students. Our Tinker Cart with assorted supplies will always be available in addition to the week's planned activity.

    January 22: Anime Fun! Watch T-rated anime and do crafts.

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  • Jan 22 2020

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - Second Floor * Registration Required

    **No lawyers currently signed up to volunteer. Check back to see if registration has opened.**

    **No tenemos abogados inscritos como voluntarios para esta fecha. Revise otro día a ver si registración ha abierto.**Free 30 minute consultations with local lawyers.

    Advance registration for appointments opens at 9 a.m., 13 days prior to the date. Advance registration does not guarantee the time of appointment, which run every half hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    All registrants must arrive by 5:15 p.m. to secure their spot and receive their appointment time, which can be any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. If you are not here by 5:15 p.m., your appointment will be forfeited.

    If any walk-in spots are available they will be awarded by lottery at 5:15 p.m.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-617-7057.

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    Consultas gratis de 30 minutos con abogados locales. Interpretación en español estará disponible con aviso por adelantado. Indique si necesita un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Registración por adelantado para citas se abre a las 9 a.m., 13 días antes de la fecha. La registración por adelantado no garantiza el horario de la cita. Las citas se realizan cada media hora de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m.

    Todos los solicitantes deben llegar a las 5:15 p.m. para asegurar su lugar y recibir su horario de cita, que puede ser entre las 5:30 y las 7 p.m. Si no está aquí a las 5:15 p.m., perderá su cita.

    Si hay cupos disponibles para personas sin cita, se entregarán por sorteo a las 5:15 p.m.

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  • Jan 23 2020

    9:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.
    18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Jan 23 2020

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Tiempo de cuentos interactivo con canciones, rimas y manualidades. Edades 0-5.Traiga a todos su pequeñitos a este tiempo de cuentos que ofrece libros para bebés, niños pequeños y preescolares. Todos aprenderán lo divertido que es el tiempo de cuentos con oportunidades para cantar, participar en rimas de movimiento y ser creativos con manualidades. Duración: 25 minutos.
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  • Jan 23 2020

    1:00 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own. No registration required.

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  • Jan 23 2020

    7:00 PM - Thursday - Bend High School

    Purchase tickets at www.dplfoundation.org

    Called “the nation’s premier nature writer” by the San Francisco Chronicle, BARRY LOPEZ has written 17 fiction and non-fiction books, as well as an anthology. His 1986 book "Arctic Dreams" received the National Book Award, and "Of Wolves and Men" (1978) was also a National Book Award finalist. Lopez's other works include "Field Notes", "Resistance", and, his most recent, "Horizon."

    The Author! Author! series began in 2012 as a way to expand the literary landscape in Central Oregon while raising funds for the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. With best-selling writers visiting for each annual series, Central Oregon has played host to numerous authors who have won Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and Edgar Awards, among other literary prizes.

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  • Jan 24 2020

    10:30 AM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Jan 24 2020

    2:00 PM - Friday - Second Floor North Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org

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